Review

Indescribable: Encountering the Glory of God in the Beauty of the Universe

by Louie Giglio and Matt Redman

Louie Giglio --- a pastor, an award-winning author, and the founder of Passion (a global movement inspiring people to live for God’s glory) --- writes here on one of his passions: astronomy. Giglio is teamed with songwriter and author Matt Redman, who shares a similar love of the stars in the sky and how these wonders display the power and love of God. Together, they take turns sharing life stories of how they got interested in the science of astronomy, and how this avid study has changed their lives and in many ways directed their individual ministries.

"This creative work is not only instructive; in many ways, it is a true work of art."

INDESCRIBABLE is offered in two formats: a trade paperback for easy transporting around town and a beautiful hardbound, full-color coffee table-style book for home use (and for gift-giving.) Both options are worth purchasing since each offers a unique benefit for readers. Giglio and Redman provide their audience with lots of heartwarming introductions to the meatier (scientific) portions of this resource. Calling INDESCRIBABLE a resource doesn’t do the text justice, for in many ways, it is a devotional as well. These authors have successfully found a way to communicate and marry the emotional response to our created world (the moon, sun, stars, galaxies and beyond) with the tangible evidences of scientific data and discovery.

Stated at the opening of the book, Giglio and Redman explain to readers that they both consider themselves to be lead worshippers, “those called to lead people into God’s presence, helping give voice to generations as they echo His splendor in worship.” In this spirit, they offer many hard numbers and data that might lose their audience if they hadn’t first connected emotionally with them through their own dramatic and vivid storytelling style. Truly, talk of hydrogen gas and stars that create energy isn’t the most exciting topic of conversation. But Giglio and Redman don’t stop there. They display the wonder of stars’ composition, their shapes and sizes, and the fact that “dying” stars continue to baffle astronomers. They write, “Their beauty is in their death, a paradox that can also be true in you and me. I’m talking about dying to ourselves while we’re still alive. This ‘death by choice’ frees us from our own small and fading stories, allowing our days to count for something much larger and more enduring than we alone could ever be.”

Giglio and Redman tie in Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice on the cross and how his death brought life. They transition into the principle of letting go of a life in order to receive it that most Christ followers have heard many times before. Never, though, in concert with the concept of a dying star. Fittingly, they close out this chapter with another lovely tie-in to the wonders of the heavenly skies. “God decided to shroud our nights (and days) in an expansive canopy of wonder, a curtain of shimmering lights reminding us that life is not about you and me but about Someone greater…Someone far brighter than us all.”

This creative work is not only instructive; in many ways, it is a true work of art.

Reviewed by Michele Howe on November 12, 2011

Indescribable: Encountering the Glory of God in the Beauty of the Universe
by Louie Giglio and Matt Redman